5 SIMPLE WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME

If you're tiered of a space in your home, and you know you want a refresh, but have no idea where to start than have no fear, this post is for you! 

Sprucing up your home does not have to "break the bank". It can be as simple and as inexpensive as you wish. You might end up being surprised how easy it is to make your room feel new again. 

1. PAINT

It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can accomplish. For $55 a gallon (price based on national average of premium quality paint) you can make any room look brand new. Some tried and true paint colors are shown below. These colors are light and airy, but not too white, giving you a sense of freshness without the sterol feeling. 

Benjamin Moore

Silver chain

Benjamin Moore

Grey

Benjamin Moore

shoreline

Sherwin Williams

2. Unify your Accents

Its nice when your accents have a common theme. The continuity of having similar textures or materials throughout a room makes the room feel united and therefore more calming and inviting (easier on the eyes). If you have a very white room, adding wood elements throuought is a great idea. For example, maybe you have a new house and a lot of drywall that is all painted a cool color. Add some warmth to your room and continuity by having some natural wood candle stands in one area, maybe a natural wood piece of furniture in another part of the room and a wood framed mirror or a wood shiplap clock on the walls. Maybe you even have few wood bowls or wood crates or boxes to tie it all together. Use your imagination, and have fun with it, and remember this can take time, you don't have to figure it all out in a day. 

3. add some "greens"

Green represents energy and life in our subconscious. Thats why plants add life to any and every space. Even the faux succulents and air plants are a worry free way to add the feeling of life. If you have a dark room that gets little or no natural light, faux plants will brighten those rooms easily. If you have a room with lots of natural light, go ahead and try some real plants, you will just feel happier and calmer in those rooms. Also, real plants clean the air, so win, win if you can manage real plants! :-) 

4. everything has a home, and everything goes in its home...

This is one tip that is easy for me to preach and hard for me to accomplish, although I swear I will die trying, because I believe in it so much! I tell my kids all the time. You can get things out to play with them, but them make sure you put it away when its time for bed. I don't care if we are using the room and stuff is everywhere, thats life, that happens, but at the end of the day, everything goes back to its home. And if you don't have a home for an item, we have to make one, or get rid of it. I know its harsh, but I have wasted too much time looking for things because they didn't have a home. I am sure we have all been there. I find boxes, crates, and crocks and baskets help a lot in the having a place for things. That way some things are out in the open but not cluttered, like my son's paper air planes, I keep them in a crock, and our school papers, they are in this old wood box I found at and antique store. I also love baskets to hold toys and blankets and anything else really. 

5. "Re" decorate

I know its hard, (maybe its not) but look at all your decorations in the room your working on. How do you feel? Do you fee like its cluttered? Are you overwhelmed? If you could get rid of any 5 items, what would they be? 

Now get rid of them. Donate them, sell them, give them to a friend, honestly if they are sentimental, put them in the attic, just get them out of that room. 

Now go ahead and put in only 1 or two items that you LOVE, something new, go to TJ Maxx or Marshales or Home Store and find something that you love that is inexpensive and put it in your new space. Now every time you want to put something in that space, get rid of more than you are putting in. 

In design, less really is more. 

Thanks for stoping by and happy

"sprucing"!

                                                 ~A

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